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2006 in Philly Sports

Feb 24, 2006, 2:36 AM EDT

We thought we’d take a look back at some of the Philly sports highlights from 2006 as well as some of our favorite posts from The 700 Level.  I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading.

January

09 – You can buy options on Super Bowl tickets.
10 – The 700 Level was the featured blog at Philly Future.
11 – Caught a Flyers game in East Rutherford, NJ.
14 – Villanova’s basketball squad was starting to get praise as a legit contender.
15 – Terrell Owens and his "Get your popcorn ready" first enter our vernacular.  What was Boost Mobile thinking?
17 – The Phillies franchise was voted to be among the most miserable in baseball.
20 – We wished for Freddie Mitchell’s safe return to Philadelphia as a member of the Philadelphia Soul.  Our dreams have not come true, yet.
21 – We had Rocky fever way before any sane individual.
24 – Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and Poon.
25 – Remember Lee Nailon?  He was on the Sixers.  He also got arrested.
26 – Frank Stallone was in town.
30 – Mike Bartrum got a free vacation to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl.
31 – Bode Miller and skiing drunk was all the rage.  We interviewed the Birdman, our local expert on both skiing and boozing, to get his take on the topic.

February

01 – We kind of live blogged the Duke/Boston College game where BC gave Duke a scare.
02 – Donovan McNabb comes out with the whole black-on-black crime thing regarding Terrell Owens.  We’re just glad all that is over.
03 – We attended our first ever Wing Bowl.  It lived up to the drunken hype.
04 – We kind of live blogged Super Bowl XL.  The wings were the highlight of the day.
07 – Former Flyer Rick Tochett gets busted for Operation Slapshot, a gambling ring.  That was a fun story.
10 – It’s no surprise really that one of the most popular search results that brings people to The 700 Level is Tyra Banks and Chris Webber.
10 – We caught Olympic fever and were ready for the Flying Tomato.
11 – Pictures from the final scenes of Rocky Balboa at the top of the Art Museum.
13 – I proclaim that Kyle Korver sucks and add in some fine photoshop work I did.
13 – McNabb doesn’t need to wait in security lines.
14 – Delonte West is a love machine and Allen Iverson is from Uranus.
16 – One of our great discoveries this past year was a video of Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir shopping in Turino, Italy with Philadelphia’s own Vai Sikahema.
19 – Andre Iguodala puts down one of the sickest off the backboard dunks at the All Star game but is robbed of the title.
28 – Iverson got shafted from the Olympic team and Philly fans were pretty upset about it.

March

02 – Stephen A. Smith couldn’t get anybody to come see his show so somebody in his staff emails me to encourage people to go.
03 – After watching Allen Iverson drop 47 on Gilbert Arenas I write my Internet famous post titled, "Don’t Trade Allen Iverson, Ever."  Complete with sick Allen Iverson crossover.
06 – We bet you click on the next link because it had Oscars content but more importantly a picture of Selma Hayek.
08 – World Baseball Classic!
10 – Perhaps the most visited page ever at The 700 Level.  Video of Villanova star Allan Ray in what looked like his eye getting popped out.  He ended up okay, but Yahoo picked this up on their buzz list.
14 – Terrell Owens finally is officially released from the Philadelphia Eagles.
16 – And days after Terrell Owens departs, enter the guy who turned the Eagles season into a success.  Jeff Garcia signed on as backup QB for the Birds.
17 – Jeff Garcia’s wife-to-be is a Playboy Playmate.
17 – The first move in to glorious Eagles victories against the Cowboys this season.  Much to the dismay of the Big Tuna, Terrell Owens signs with Dallas.  He also debuted a horrible rap song on his website dissing Philly.
20 – We booked our tickets to the Sweet 16 and loved ourselves some Craig Smith.  Our trip to Minneapolis didn’t turn out as well as we would have liked with Villanova beating my Boston College squad.
22 – Mike Missanelli getting fired from 610 WIP turned into the most commented on post here at the level.
28 – The Phillie Phanatic gets painted red.
29 – Geno’s cheesesteaks gets officially booted from the ball park in Philly.

April

02 – We started the Rollins Watch 2006 with Jimmy Rollins chasing Joe DiMaggio’s record.  We made our first ever opening day appearance to see Jimmy reach 37 games.
06 – I was interviewed and a nice little post about The 700 Level appeared in the Philadelphia METRO.
06 – Rollins streak was ended at 38.
08 – Ryan Howard has a big stick.
10 – Perhaps one of the wackier stories of the year; Darren Daulton proves that baseball players are a strange bunch with his metaphysical mumbojumbo.
12 – Nothing like a toddler learning how to do an Eagles chant… at a Phillies game no less.
17 – The Phanatic shows that big can be sexy.
18 – The Sixers ended their season with little to show for it.  I wondered if it marked the end of Allen in Philly?
22 – Our love affair with Sal Fasano started and wouldn’t stop… until he got traded of course.
23 – Our love affair with Ryan Howard, which we hope lasts a life time, kept on trucking with a 496 foot bomb.

24 – Sal’s Pals speak out and give the rest of the world a look into their cult.

May

01 – Remember the Eagles drafted that skier Jeremy Bloom?  That was fun, right?  And man, we thought Bunkley was going to be a beast.
02 – We thought Barry Bonds coming to Philly would be our moment to shine.  We had a good view of his ass, but the signage to our left was truly spectacular.  More on Bonds trip to Philly.
10 – Billy Wagner returned to Philly as a Met, but didn’t get into the game.
11 – Iverson got deposed.  He wasn’t happy.
11 – Perhaps the single most memorable play of the year: Aaron Rowand with "The Catch" video.  He ended up looking like he went the distance with Apollo Creed.
14 – Jeremy Bloom met President Bush and tried to give him a McNabb jersey.  Didn’t work so well.
18 – Phillies road trips are fun.  I caught them play the Brewers in Milwaukee.
23 – Alex Gonzalez retired! Thank goodness.
24 – After 5 hours and 22 minutes the Phillies couldn’t pull out a 16 inning game against the Mets.
25  – ‘Area Athlete Named to Advisory Board of New Indoor Swim Park:’ Mike Mamula!
29 – The New York Post does a feature on Sal Fasano and Alex Rodriguez.  I get interviewed by the Post for some Philly perspective.

June

01 – I catch World Cup fever.


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